Young people are showing up and speaking out on so many issues facing their communities -- from displacement to environmental justice to systemic violence and more. They are, quite literally, the future of the creative placemaking field. 

In July 2020, ArtPlace America and Creative Generation announced a partnership to conduct new research focused on arts, culture, and youth development. This work explores the intersections of creative youth development, creative placemaking, and community development through community based, youth- and practitioner-led research. By the end of the year, a series of new web-based tools and resources will be created by and for practitioners operating in this space.

Creative Generation was founded in April 2019 as a research initiative and has grown through its work in the United States and around the world. Through pioneering research in the arts and cultural education field – and the relentless assertion that young creatives can change the world by catalyzing creative local solutions to global challenges – the organization has supported projects from San Diego to South Sudan, led by myriad stakeholders including artists, educators, community activists, and youth.

Field Scan

The final products of this work will consist of a number of tools and resources for the field, including youth-devised stories and creative pieces, a written field scan, and videos created in collaboration with The Loop Lab, a nonprofit social enterprise specializing in media arts internships and digital storytelling. The full findings will be released in December 2020.

Working Group

ArtPlace America and Creative Generation have convened an advisory committee to help guide the research, translation of findings, and communications to stakeholders. Representing numerous stakeholder groups in the field of arts and culture, education, youth development, and community development, the committee includes:


Mohammed Al Garawi, Alchemy
Deborah Bicknell, Youth Consultant for Peace & Reconciliation
Mary Bordeaux, First People's Fund
Sarah Calderon, ArtPlace America
Samantha Francois, Tulane University
Dreama Gentry, Partners for Education at Berea College
Ashraf Hasham, Creative Advantage, City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
James Horton, Carnegie Hall
Alberto Mejia, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture
Muntaha Mohamed, Youth & Community Engagement
Rachael Osgood, University of Edinburgh
Dennie Palmer Wolf, WolfBrown
Jess Peña, Fairbanks Arts Alliance 
Imani Scruggs, 4H at OSU Extension Cuyahoga County
Laenne Thompson, Youth Development & Out-of-School-Time Quality Improvement System Strategy Consultant

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Case Studies

The Creative Generation team has developed a youth-led, community-based research approach to lift up place-based, youth-led creative projects that tackle complex global challenges on a local scale. From over 100 nominated projects, nine partners were selected to work collaboratively with Creative Generation and The Loop Lab to tell their stories. Stay tuned for more from the following teams:    

1Hood Media
Black, Young & Educated
Treble NLS & Farooq Al Said
Pittsburgh, PA

Arts Amplify Youth
Youth Summit on Safety
Sam Marciel & Dairrick Khalil Hodges
National City, CA

Cheyenne River Youth Project
Cokata Wiconi Internship Program
Juell & Jerica Widow
Eagle Butte, SD

Dancing Grounds
Dance for Social Change
Akilah Toney & Jessica Eugene
New Orleans, LA

Free Street Theatre
"Parched: Stories About Water, Pollution, and Theft"
Aminata Harley & Katrina Dion
Chicago, IL

Juxtaposition Arts
Tactical Lab
Justice Jones & Adrienne Doyle
Minneapolis, MN

Price Hill Will
Aleesia Black & Coltan Foster
Cincinnati, OH

Performing Statistics
Youth Ambassador Squad
Sidney Evans & Trey Hartt
Richmond, VA

Voz Frontera
Dialogo Juvenil Fronterizo
Cesar Lopez
Nogales, AZ

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